It's Venom Week at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The four-day symposium is filled with presentations and discussions among doctors, researchers, veterinarians and pharmacists, to name a few.
The hot topic: Snake venom in a clinical setting.
Professionals worldwide have found properties in snake venom that can be used to cure various illnesses. Associate Professor Dr. Elda Sanchez is spearheading the symposium at TAMUK.
"Inhibiting pain or also inhibiting the formation of blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes," Sanchez explained.
The chemistry professor said it's all in the biology and chemistry inside of snake venom. Professionals have the ability to extract these properties and turn them into treatments for various medical conditions.
Sanchez said symposiums are important for their field of study.
"We have more mind power that comes together so that we can, you know, advance a lot of the research that we're trying to do," Sanchez said.
Sanchez is directly involved with serpeant research on the TAMUK campus. There's a serpentarium on campus with hundreds of venomous snakes. Every day researchers and students extract venom for testing.
Recent research suggests snake venom could cure certain types of cancer and rid tumors. Sanchez calls the research groundbreaking.
"I call it the future of medicine. This is something that we want to, I mean, we want to promote!" Sanchez said.
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